Riveting the vertical stabilizer skin

Now, the moment of truth: riveting the skin to the vertical stabilizer rib and forward spar assembly. It’s exciting to see it come together and look like a piece of an airplane.

The plans call out for you to rivet the skin starting at the location where the forward spar is connected to the VS-707 rib, then work toward the tip then back toward the root. Since all of these rivets were deep within the structure, I used the W bucking bar and flush rivet set. I was apprehensive on the first rivet, but quickly got the rhythm. I held the rivet gun and watched the shop-end of the rivet as it was crushed to the proper thickness.

After riveting both sides, I riveted the top and bottom ribs (VS-705, 706, 702) using the squeezer.